I know this has been done before, but it’s never been done by me. This is just a few of many heroic qualities I’ve come up with and is not exclusive. There’s a lot of qualities I’ve left out, and I’d love you to share your own.
For example, firemen and cops. We all know how heroic they are, though they aren’t on my list. This is a list of “qualities” not of people or personas. (I personally know a cop who was shot while stopping someone for a speeding ticket, so I’m not intentionally leaving them out!)
I’d love to hear your ideas, even if you disagree with mine!
Respectful of children.
Isn’t afraid to play games with kids or act like a child himself.
Respectful of others to the point he’d risk his own life to save another. (Perfect example: for anyone who has seen Transporter 2, the antagonist threw a pregnant woman to fall on the ground. The main character, Jason Statham (gotta love him!) caught her before she hit the ground. Then he got up and went about his business as if he couldn’t think of doing anything else. Letting her fall, though he was in the middle of an intense standoff with antag, would go against his nature.)
Doesn’t give up, even when the odds are stacked against him.
Calm, cool, collected, even in the face of adversary. Of course, we know he feels, he even feels fear, but he’d never show it.
Aware of his surroundings.
Doesn’t let others’ opinions sway him.
Kind to animals, even if he doesn’t like them.
Doesn’t act like a jerk and then say it’s just his nature, though he isn't nice all the time. ;)
Loves only one woman.
Can admit when he’s wrong but when he isn’t, doesn’t bow down to pressure.